Instant Replay: Cousins wins battle of bigs, Kings edge Nuggets

Instant Replay: Cousins wins battle of bigs, Kings edge Nuggets

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After two straight losses, the Sacramento Kings gritted one out in Denver Tuesday night, coming away with a much needed road win against a young Nuggets team. The Kings featured a balanced attack and picked up timely baskets when they needed them to pull out the 120-113 win. 

Darren Collison is finding his game. After a prolonged struggle, Collison has bounced back of late, posting big numbers as a second scoring option for Sacramento. The Nuggets had no answer for the Kings starting point guard who finished the night with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Collison added seven assists and turned the ball over just twice in 35 minutes of action.

Nikola Jokic will see DeMarcus Cousins in his nightmares. Sacramento’s star big man dominated the Nuggets up-and-comer, scoring 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists in the win.

We have an Arron Afflalo sighting. Things haven’t gone as planned for Afflalo in his first season in Sacramento, but he came out firing Tuesday night against his former team. The 10-year NBA vet hit 8-for-11 from the field for a big 19 points off the Kings bench.

Big man Kosta Koufos played big in the post, dropping in 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. Garrett Temple came up big late, scoring eight points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Denver found their range early from behind the arc, torching the Kings for 11 3-pointers before the intermission. The Kings did a better job late, but the Nuggets still hit 18-for-38 shooting from deep on the night.

Danilo Gallinari is a matchup nightmare for the Kings. The sweet-shooting Italian knocked down 4-for-6 from the perimeter on his way to 24 points. 

Jusuf Nurkic went to work against the Kings’ big frontline. The third-year big poured in 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Jokic struggled early, but still managed to score 18 points and grab seven rebounds and hand out five assists.

Shooting guard Gary Harris added 15 points and Darrell Arthur finished with 12 points as the Nuggets fell a game and half behind the Kings in the standings.  

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Welcome back to Denver Arron Afflalo. The veteran shooting guard had his best game of the season coming off Dave Joerger’s bench after missing three games with an elbow injury. 

TURNING POINT

Sacramento played well down the stretch to outlast the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. They pushed the lead to 11 midway through the fourth and never looked back on their way to their 15th win on the season.

INJURY UPDATE 

Ty Lawson tried to give it a go in pregame after suffering a maxillary sinus fracture Saturday against Memphis. He has now been diagnosed with subconjunctival hemorrhage in his right eye (blurred vision). Rudy Gay missed his third straight and has now sat in nine of the Kings previous 10 games with a right hip flexor strain. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

The Kings return home following the game to face an injury decimated Miami Heat team Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. 

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.

With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.

Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.

Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.

Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

It was the matchup most basketball fans had been waiting for.

The first professional meeting between Top 5 draft picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.

It was supposed to happen on Monday, July 10 during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.

Except Ball never suited up, citing a groin injury as reason for not playing in the game between the Lakers and Kings.

Speculation began that Ball was trying to avoid playing Fox, who scored 39 points on the UCLA star during their one meeting in college.

Nearly a week later, Lonzo's controversial father LaVar was asked if Lonzo was ducking Fox while appearing on Fox Sports Radio and he didn't hold back.

"Duck De'Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De'Aaron Fox? Hell nah. You can't hear about him unless he puts my boy's name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain't nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De'Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don't put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him," LaVar said on Sunday.

After a brief pause, the elder Ball took another shot at Fox.

"And the little white guy, what's his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tailwhipping. Let's put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day," LaVar said.

While Ball sat out, Caruso scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Fox played 20 minutes and finished with 12 points, one assist and one rebound.